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Jack Wagner (III) (1891–1963)

Jack Wagner was among the legions of unsung writers of the silent film era who pioneered the art of comedy construction from staging car chases in Keystone Kops shorts to sight gags, pratfalls and later comedy bits for A-list actors in sound films. Born on May 20, 1891, in Los Angeles, Jack was one of four brothers -- all of whom worked in the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Medal for Benny (1954) ... (story)
 1947 La perla (screenplay)
 1945 A Medal for Benny (additional dialogue) / (story)
 1940 Little Men (uncredited)
 1936 Dancing Pirate (adaptation)
 1936 King of Burlesque (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1935 Annapolis Farewell (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1934 The Little Minister (additional scenes)
 1934 La Cucaracha (Short)
 1933 Good Housewrecking (Short) (uncredited)
 1933 Strings (Short)
 1932 Sea Soldier's Sweeties (Short) (additional dialogue)
 1930 Clancy in Wall Street (screenplay)
 1930 Cupido Chauffeur (screenplay)
 1930 Entre platos y notas (additional dialogue)
 1929 They Shall Not Pass Out (Short)
 1928 Lady Be Good (writer)
 1927 The Poor Nut
 1927 McFadden's Flats (adaptation)
 1926 Other Women's Husbands (adaptation)
 1926 The Sea Beast (uncredited)
 1926 The Fighting Edge (adaptation)
 1925 Bobbed Hair
 1925 Red Hot Tires
 1925 The Teaser
 1924 The Reel Virginian (Short)
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Jack Wagner, who spoke fluent Spanish, was recruited by the U.S. government during World War II to gather intelligence data on German activities in South America. He was also much sought-after by film directors to construct comedy bits, including Mae West films.

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Jack Wagner was involved in a 3 a.m. brawl at the Hollywood Crescent Athletic Club on March 26, 1927, that left actor Eddie Diggins, 24, fatally wounded from a stab wound. The Crescent Club was a speakeasy and Wagner, Diggins, film comedian Lloyd Hamilton, bootlegger Charles Meehan, Meehan's wife, Irene, and actor John Sinclair had been drinking. Diggins started a fight with Wagner and Charles ... See more »

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